Sheriff’s officials investigate kidnapping for ransom

A man was behind bars in Temple City Thursday on suspicion of kidnapping a woman for ransom and beating her, leaving her hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said.
The suspect was described only as a man in his 20s Thursday due to an ongoing investigation, Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
Officials learned of the incident after a person in Cerritos received a ransom call, Whitmore said.
“(The person) received a call from the suspect demanding money for the return of the victim,” he said.
As detectives looked into the report Wednesday, a woman in her 20s arrived at an Antelope Valley hospital where she was listed in critical condition with “severe injuries,” Whitmore said.
It initially appeared she had been beaten, officials added.
“While the investigation is ongoing, the victim was either released or escaped,” he said.
Hours later, officials said, deputies arrested the suspect and booked him at the sheriff’s Temple Station.
“We don’t know when and where the abduction actually took place,” Whitmore said, and information about how the suspect was arrested was not released.
Whitmore declined to say whether a sexual assault is suspected.
The investigation was being handled by the sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau.
Sheriff’s officials both at the Temple Station and the Major Crimes Bureau deferred all comments to Whitmore.
No further information was available.

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